Nowadays with blockbuster competition like the Hyundai Elantra, Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic and Ford Focus, it’s now easier than ever for a compact and economical family vehicle to get lost in the shuffle. Especially one that is “good” rather than in any way “mind-blowingly spectacular.” Suddenly, this segment of car has become one of the most competitive and cutthroat in the whole auto industry.
Unfortunately, the 2012 Kia Forte falls into the “good" compact car category—it means you won’t really regret buying one but it doesn’t stand out as a class leader (or laggard) in any particular area. So while that’s a “good” thing, it’s not enough to get this car the type of attention that would generate monster sales figures. Particularly given that the last big news announcement surrounding the Forte (besides the addition of this new 5-door body) was about the new 6-speed automatic.